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2. Oxygen Starving Practices and Experiments
However, the 1954 trial which condemned oxygen violated the methods of science as well as the 1949 Nuremberg Code of ethics for medical experiments on humans.
The resulting practice of breath-starving preemies at the edge of asphyxiation still kills and maims many of these each year in an attempt to guard a few from blindness. There is no evidence that it works.
2.1. Unacceptable risks for uncertain benefits
2.2. Pain and
2.3. Liberal" oxygen as political evil
In those years, the American Medical Association was waging an all-out advertising campaign to defeat President Truman's National Health Insurance plan which it denounced as Socialized Medicine. Passions ran high, and once oxygen appeared linked with that demon, be it metaphorically, it became a pariah almost overnight despite its then half-century of successful service as reliable life-saver.
2.4. Poor science in the oxygen trial
This trial was a sham because its verdict was as pre-arranged as in the infamous political show-trials of those years. The physicians in charge voiced their desire for oxygen's guilt long before any results from that alleged "study" were in. They also openly violated the Nuremberg Code in that they deliberately risked lives to test a treatment for a non-fatal condition. In addition, they rigged the study design to make oxygen appear guilty.
Then they hailed their so contrived results as a major medical breakthrough and convinced Congress thereby to expand the appropriations for such medical research.
2.5. Violations of the Nuremberg Code
The study leaders found therefore less eye damage among the survivors in the low-oxygen group and immediately curtailed supplementary oxygen for all preemies, faithfully followed in this by neonatologists around the world.
2.6. The medical
2.7. Current deaths from oxygen monitoring
There were thus 15 chances in 16 that the monitoring was associated with the additional deaths, but with their vial-confusing medical logic, the trial authors mistook these lethal side effects for a desired treatment effect which must pass that probability test with 5% or less to be accepted as "significant".
They omitted therefore to read this high correlation with the excess deaths as the danger sign any patient informed of this risk would see in such poor odds. They also omitted to check for or warn against the cerebral palsy and other brain damage bound to be caused by the stricter rationing among the oxygen-starved survivors.
Their deadly monitoring had no discernible effect on the incidence of ROP.
No effect was to be expected since the arterial oxygen concentrations that they monitored at such great cost to the patients had been known since 1924 to be unrelated to the oxygenation of the retina, and were thus irrelevant, anyway.
2.8. Continuing the futile oxygen monitoring
Despite this futility, despite the lack of any known benefit from oxygen withholding, and despite its amply documented harmful effects of cerebral palsy, other brain damage, and death, the oxygen starving of preemies continues.
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